Brave Marine Receives Medal of Honor for Sacrificing Himself to Save Comrade
A Certified American Hero: William Kyle Carpenter
William Kyle Carpenter, an individual known to some and unknown to others, is undeniably a certified American hero. Achieving the rank of Lance Corporal in the United States Marines at the young age of 21, Carpenter was deployed to Afghanistan in 2010.
The Life-Changing Split-Second Decision
During a heated firefight, a grenade landed dangerously close to Carpenter and another Marine. Without hesitation, Carpenter sprang into action, making a split-second decision that spoke volumes about his unwavering strength. He jumped on the grenade, using his own body as a shield to save his comrade’s life.
“He offered up his life in sacrifice so that his fellow Marine might be spared.”
The Devastating Consequences
Carpenter’s selfless act resulted in devastating injuries. His body was pierced by shrapnel, and the bones in his skull and face were shattered. Additionally, he lost part of his jaw, one of his lungs collapsed, and he was declared “P.E.A” (patient expired on arrival) upon his return to Camp Bastion.
Remarkably, despite being technically deceased, Carpenter miraculously survived.
The Road to Recovery
Over the following two years, Carpenter underwent a grueling series of forty surgeries to address his injuries. His bravery earned him the Purple Heart, and he was honored with the esteemed Medal of Honor, presented by President Barack Obama.
A New Chapter: Life after Service
Today, Carpenter has retired from military service and is currently pursuing a degree at the University of South Carolina.
Witness the Story: Kyle Carpenter’s Journey
For a more in-depth account of Kyle Carpenter’s extraordinary story, watch the video below.
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